Did you use a lot of sick days during your first trimester?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@hspw714:  I work at a clinic but I’m not medical. However, I let my direct supervisor knows that’s going on, and she was so understand and said if I need anything to let her or a nurse or doctor know. Right now I am fine, but I do take 5 minutes to turn the lights out and relax.

I know as a nurse you have the most stressful job in the clinic/hospital, but I would try to take bathroom breaks more often and let someone know, even if you are under the 12 weeks.

Post # 4
611 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I took one pregnancy related sickness day.  I did take two other days during my first trimester but that was because I had a horrible cold and being pregnant only made it worse and more unbearable. 

I hope you start feeling better.  I am almost 4 months along and I started feeling much better at week 11.  Apparently the 2nd trimester is considered the “honeymoon phase” and boy is that true.  Sometimes I forget I am even pregnant.  Lol.  Good luck girl!

Post # 5
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I am a nurse and I did 12 hour nights during my last pregnancy. It was tough, but I didn’t take any time off so I could use it for my leave. Having small frequent snacks in places I could sneak off to really helped and having a water bottle filled at the start of my shift so I would know I drank eough.


Post # 6
435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I work a full time desk job, and was so sick up until earlier this week (20w) that i took off about 1 week total and also requested to get my hours cut in half for a month..

Brutal is all I can say

Post # 7
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

No, but luckily I work in a nap-friendly office. I put a yoga nap under my desk and take a snooze at lunch.

I can’t imagine not being able to pee 10 times a shift. Are you able to talk to your supervisor about it? I told my coworkers (and boss) way earlier than I wanted to, because I was feeling so sick and not like myself at all, but they have been understanding so far.

Post # 8
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think nursing is one job where it’s really important to tell people before you hit 12 weeks. With the diseases and meds you come into contact with, not to mention the dizziness/sickness that can come in those first 12 weeks, it’s important that they know so that you can be covered if needed! I am a scientist, which means i’m on my feet all day, too, and screening unknown drugs/compounds/working with human cells/blood etc every day. When someone is pregnant there is protocol in place to shift our duties to less hazardous experiments to protect the baby. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t something similar in medical fields.

Post # 9
2783 posts
Sugar bee

@hspw714:  I honestly had not a single symptom of pregnancy besides food cravings and swelling later on. It never affected my work until I had to get a dr note to have a chair at work.

Post # 10
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

None, but I don’t have restrictions on using the loo, either to be sick or to empty my bladder. I would have liked a couple of sick days, but I only take them if I’m contagious. If something wasn’t right and the doctor had told me to I would have taken some.  Also, I don’t have to stand all day either or that might have made a difference as I have been dizzy at times.

I coped by always having a bottle of water and snacks with me, and extended bathroom trips to the mostly unused ladies’ in the office!



Post # 11
600 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

I used 2 or 3. The first I didn’t know I was pregnant. I thought I had the flu! The next 2 I was spewing so much and had absolutely zero sleep so couldn’t have possible worked.

Post # 12
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I took off some partial days, probably added up to 2 to 3 full days.  Staying home didn’t help me, but at the same time I didn’t feel like going to work.  I would have taken more honestly, but I was trying to save my time for actual maternity leave.

Post # 13
1817 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I work in the O.R. as a scrub so I know how you feel about being on your feet…whats worse is that I don’t get a break during my shift and I work long heart surgeries. So far I’ve just tried putting mind over matter with smells. God I used to never smell the cautery smell and now its all I smell…. I also have to admit that I’ve thrown up in my mouth…and then had to swallow it since no one knows I’m pregnant yet.

Post # 14
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m fortunate to have my own office at my job, so if the nausea gets really bad, I can close my door and lay down on the floor and close my eyes until it passes. Also, obviously I sit all day. I cannot imagine having to be on my feet all day–you guys in the medical profession are rock stars! To answer your question directly, I haven’t used any “sick” days for the pregnancy, though I’ve taken many hours during the work day for doctor appointments. 

Post # 15
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I was in school during my first trimester, but I did not miss any classes due to illness. However, I did work from home a lot more rather than studying at school so that I would not be too tired.

Post # 16
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I didn’t take any–it was the busy time in my office, and my doctor perscribed Zofran for me. I was miserable,but I also didn’t want my office to know until I was ready to tell. In the second trimester, I took one day. I should add that I’ve come in late and come home early with pregnancy related nausea and exhaustion, but my office has a bit of flexibility. I was throwing up 3-4 times a day, hence the Zofran. 

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